NO. 5,988,885 | High Load Capacity Compliant Foil Hydrodynamic Journal Bearing
A compliant hydrodynamic fluid film journal bearing for handling high loads. The bearing assembly includes a first thin smooth compliant sheet for facing a shaft, one or more corrugated foils, and a second sheet between the foils and the compliant sheet for supportedly underlying the compliant sheet for preventing sagging of the first sheet between ridges of the foils. A foil element is anchored at a position intermediate its ends to the bearing sleeve whereby both ends thereof are unanchored. A pair of radially outer and inner corrugated foils have outer foil ridges which underlie some inner foil ridges and outer foil furrows which underlie others of the inner foil ridges. A bearing assembly includes a plurality of rows of corrugated foil elements wherein ends of foil elements are offset circumferentially from ends of foil elements in adjacent rows symmetrically from the radial centerplane to provide a herringbone pattern effect. At least some ridges on at least one of inner and outer corrugated foils have truncated apex portions.
- April 23, 1999